Leslie Ward, City Auditor
Address: 68 Mitchell Street, SW, Suite 12100
Atlanta Georgia 30303-0312
Telephone: (404) 330-6452
Leslie Ward has served as City Auditor for the City of Atlanta since October 2001. She is Atlanta’s first independent city auditor, reporting to an audit committee that includes 3 citizen members, as well as representatives of the Mayor and the City Council. She and her staff are charged with auditing the performance and finances of city programs, activities, and contractors.
Ms. Ward has served on the International Government Relations Committee of the Institute of Internal Auditors and is on the board of the Atlanta IIA Chapter. She also serves on the executive committee of the Southeastern Intergovernmental Audit Forum and the US Comptroller General’s domestic working group. She is a past president of the Association of Local Government Auditors and served on the Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards from 1999 through 2001.
Ms. Ward was Deputy City Auditor for Kansas City, Missouri from 1991 to 2001, and previously worked for the Tennessee Division of State Audit and the Vanderbilt Institute of Public Policy Studies. She earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in political science, as well as an MBA. She is a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Government Audit Professional (CGAP). She received the 2004 CGAP Highest Achievement Award from the IIA.